About this IMS Online Program

This program was recorded live from January 2-31, 2023

The 30-Day Meditation Challenge will help you establish your practice by following IMS founding teacher Joseph Goldstein's book The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, which offers one practice topic per day for 30 days. Our challenge began on January 2, 2023, with a live talk from Joseph on starting, maintaining, and deepening a daily meditation practice. He responded to pre-submitted questions during this introductory session. Over the following 29 days, IMS teachers Devon Hase, Rachel Lewis, and Tuere Sala led guided online meditations, beginning each session with instructions and a reflection from the book. 

We recommend that you purchase your own copy of The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation to follow along and deepen your experience throughout the month. An audiobook version is also available.

Meet Your Teachers

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Devon Hase

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. After spending a decade teaching English and social studies in high school and college classrooms, she entered a two-year period of retreat. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. Along with her life partner nico, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six really good pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. Devon loves long retreat and is passionate about creative ways to bring depth practice into the daily spin of things. She now lives together with nico in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, splitting each week between teaching and practice. For more info visit www.devonandnicohase.com.

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis began practicing insight meditation in 2003 while completing her physics PhD at Yale. Since 2011, she has taught dharma and meditation classes and retreats in British Columbia and beyond. She completed the IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2021, and is a guiding teacher of the British Columbia Insight Meditation Society. Her dharma teaching interests include the power of music, humour, and creativity to increase our capacity for learning, as well as the way that practice supports and is supported by social justice work. Learn more on Rachel’s website: rachelmeditates.ca

Enrollment Fee

As one part of our ongoing effort to expand access to the teachings of the Buddha, no-fee enrollment is available for those who request a fee-waiver via email.